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  1. I agree...you have every right to be completely unhappy with this change. Going from Explorer to Radiance and a definite change in itineraries should absolutely be a price reduction !!
  2. My itinerary RCI Explorer (was Freedom) for March 20, 2022 includes Bonaire still.
  3. we got our new room assignment on the radiance and at the same price, but we still have a bad taste over what rccl called a similiar cruise in moving from the explorer to the radiance and what they called a similar itinerary that no longer includes anything close to the abc's.....we had to put put up with it or loose quite a bit of $ but it still does not make this diamond couple happy campers and we will probably stop cruising with rccl....clearwater florida by way of kentucky.....
  4. I originally had a B2B scheduled on Freedom for April 2021. I did a L/S to March 2022 instead. No way was I going to take the chance. Best of luck to what works for you. BTW my March 2022 Freedom was just changed to Explorer...I'm OK with that change.
  5. Saw the post about CruiseSat coming to various ships but I'm on the Explorer next month the Saturday night of the big Penn State-Ohio State showdown. Is that going to be shown on board ship? If so will it be somewhere that is smoke free? What's your experience with college fb on RCI?
  6. I was looking at the deck plans on Explorer for the Jr. Suites. Does anyone know how the cabin layout changes depending on if there's a connecting stateroom or not?
  7. Well this hasn't worked for me. We did an original L/S months ago from Freedom April 2021 to March 2022 (B2B)...nothing sent but cruise planner showed correct dates....I called many times and was always told "their working on it". Now we've had a ship change from Freedom to Explorer...I have no idea how long it will now take to get these invoices...however I have all the originals with reprices done...so we'll see.
  8. Our change from Freedom to Explorer has no sea days either...I actually like at least one.
  9. I checked in for my January Explorer Cruise a few weeks ago. Just logged in now and clicked on view boarding pass and it does not let me view it any longer. I fully expect it to be canceled. Trying to figure out a backup vacation now.
  10. Hi everyone, I am planning European cruise with family next summer (seniors and 2 kids ages 8 and 10) and trying to decide between the ships - Allure, Anthem or newly refurbished Explorer. Ports are secondary for us, we are familiar with most of them and will enjoy any of them. But want to choose the ship that would be most fun. Criteria's were: - must have waverider (I believe all 3 do?) - must have great food (is one better then other?) - which has the best kids club? - any of them have water slides? - which has the most fun activities for acti
  11. We recently got an email from RCI saying that they were cancelling our cruise on Explorer for 2/22, but they were going to put us on Radiance on a 'similar' itinerary unless we told them we wanted a refund. I called our big box travel agent and they filled out the paperwork, sent us a new invoice showing the cancelation, and called RCI to double check that they knew what we wanted to do. Checked my RCI account today and what did I find but that RCI put us on the new ship instead of cancelling the cruise and issuing a refund. Had to call our travel agent again and get them to call RCI again and
  12. Same for us, except it was October. We got our deposit refund and are disappointed in the cancellation. But who knows if a 12 night cruise would have been feasible by fall of next year anyway. Our next reservations are January 2022 and those have been changed from Freedom to Explorer and we lost a good cabin for the B2B2B. Glad we had a lot of great cruises and reached D+, but I don't really know when we'll cruise again. If maskes and numerous restrictions are still in place January 2022 we won't be cruising. We've made other plans for this winter and are putting cruising out of our mind
  13. During the last 'shift' where they moved people from Brilliance to Indy, from Freedom to Explorer, etc, at the end of September, we had our Brilliance 8 night moved to an Indy 8 night for our Southern itinerary out of Miami in July '21. Those sailings alternate with 6 night Western itineraries. In a case like that, I wonder if they'll shorten the Southern, lengthen the Western to have them both be 7 nights to stay within the rules. Of course that means that Southern is out and new ports would need to happen. Looking for opinions. I swear I'm never going to get on a Southern cruise, lol.
  14. We also are supposed to be hitting same ports, in different order, but now we are also going to St. Kitts, so no sea days on Explorer for us.
  15. I saw some reviews before I went that the ship was looking worn and tired. That was not my experience at all - everything was fine. Cabin was clean and comfortable and generally the ship seemed in decent condition - can't expect a new ship/new refurb all the time. Food was generally ok. Had one inedible main course in the MDR but that can happen. Service first night was very slow but after that fine. Very disappointed in the Formal nights. At least half didn't bother first formal night - and there were guests in the MDR in t shirt and tracksuit bottoms. We didn'
  16. 1. Explorer from Miami November 29, 2020 for a B2B. 2. Explorer from Miami November 29, 2020 for a B2B. 3. Serenade from Sydney February 10, 2021 for a B2B2B top/bottom Aus/NZ plus TAZ. 3(a). Majesty from New Orleans September 18, 2021 (via L&S) with our adult kids and spouses.
  17. I'm booked on a 2022 sailing out of San Juan, the original ship was the Freedom. As of this week, Freedom has been redeployed to Miami and replaced by Explorer. My cabin location is almost the same (just one deck difference, from deck 8 to 7), but I never received an email regarding the change. Anyone else had that occur?
  18. Does the Crown & Kettle Pub on Explorer of the Seas serve any food, and if so is there a fee for it? If so, can you provide a link to the menu? Considering whether to get the Unlimited Dining, and as I'm not a big sushi fan, it seems we'd be bouncing between Chops & Giovanni's, with maybe a lunch or two at Johnny Rockets (where I understand we'd still need to pay for any milkshakes). I'm concerned we might get bored eating at the same places over 9 days (and 5 sea days), so I'm trying to determine if there are any other places where the $35 a la carte dining credit might
  19. How can I find out which pier Explorer will dock at when she arrives in Miami on Tuesday?
  20. So I just spoke with Costco and my rooms had finally switched over. We were able to keep our inside promenade connecting on the Explorer, but the people we are traveling with haven't moved over yet so whether we go will depend on if they can keep their connecting rooms. One question though- we are near a huge blank area on Deck 7. Anyone know what this is? Hopefully not a loud mechanical area.
  21. I was booked for Freedom Nov 7 2021 and it changed to explorer. Also itinerary changed by removing Antigua and replacing it with St Croix . I was not happy especially since Freedom had so much more going for it and I love Antigua. I was able to change to Odyssey of the seas for Nov 11th I got and upgraded cabin and 9 days for the same price per day (extra 2 days). Also a stop at Co Co Cay and I will save some on airfare as its much cheaper to get to Ft Lauderdale instead of Puerto Rico Thanks Royal Caribbean 🙂
  22. The first announcement WAS “take it or leave it,” but a few days later other options were offered. Fortunately, I found out about them on FB because our TA never notified us. When I called her and sent proof (emails friends had received), she “put in the request” to change to move our Inaugural Galveston Allure sailings (4 night with the following 7 night B2B) to B2B 7 night Symphony. After 2 weeks with no response, I called Resolutions who found no record of that request. They contacted the TA and the day before the deadline to move, we were successfully shifted to Symphony as r
  23. 1. May 2021 Explorer 2. May 2021 Explorer 3. I only cruise about every two years, so if we lose the May cruise, I will probably just try to book a 2022 cruise and do a different vacation in 2021.
  24. I do like that May 17 sailing quite a bit as long as you're up early for Endicott, and you can enjoy a longer day in Juneau without being too tired. It has great port times for excursions in Sitka and Icy Strait. Gives you more Alaskan experience than just Skagway alone. The Victoria docking can be hit or miss weather in May... you're only 1/2 hour walk into the harbor area from the pier, so if luggage all packed and still wish to get of the ship for a short site-seeing walk you can easily do so. Victoria review here https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2273561-ex
  25. We had a center hump OS on Freedom...now our cabin is forward of the hump on Explorer. Looking at the deck plans I'm OK with the change, at least it's the same for our B2B. Best of luck to you....I would also be upset to have to change cabins !
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